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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Aug 26, 2009 2:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: School for schedules

In Middle English and Old French the word was cedule, pronunced 'said-yule' - a sort of halfway house between the present American and British versions. Schedule became the accepted spelling of the word in Britain in the 17th century but the pronunciation didn't change to match. The US pronunciation sked-yule was decided by Webster.

School, from the Latin schola, has been used since about AD1000 to mean an educational establishment and has, I believe, always been pronounced with a hard 'c'.

The point is that languages change and evolve over time to suit changing needs and customs. A language is only as 'stupid', illogical and inconsistent as the people who use it and personally I'm glad about that. Imagine how stultifying to creativity a universal language carved in stone would be. Carl Sandberg said:

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves,spits on its hands and goes to work."

And as William Tell might say, I think that's pretty kewl!

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 26, 2009 2:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: School for schedules

Bravo, Robthewordsmith ,I hope you got them to shut up for a while,these arrogant americans !